I would say - pedagogy should drive the hardware and software used in teaching.  

However the technology used to provide the network, and the phone, and the filtering, and the authentication, and the antivirus, and all of that background technology - that is a different animal, and there is indeed some independence there from pedagogy.  It should not be in the way of teaching, but other factors drive those investment decisions and drive the upkeep and implementation in those services -  such as cost, security, stability, capacity, consistency, etc.

Don't get me wrong - the mission of learning drives the organization - but there are discrete strategic goals beneath the over-all teaching mission, which don't have anything to do with the actual act or process of learning, but instead are fundamental supports and to a degree independent.  

Whether you have a Cisco router or a HP router - does integration care - not really.  Does the network person care? Yes - very much.


Craig Donnan, MA
Systems Administrator
Washington West Supervisory Union
340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
Waitsfield, VT 05673
802-496-2272 x120
fax: 802-496-6515

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:48 PM, Susan Briere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I'm on board with Charlie re: the pedagogy should drive which technologies we implement in our schools. 

Are most classroom teachers ready to shift to digital pedagogy? Are most educational leaders ready to take them there? Maybe in spirit.. but  there is no clear directive to 'git 'er done'.

Susan Briere
Coordinator, IT Services
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Drescher, Peter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:



Some questions have come up on Technology plans lately and I want to just define a bit about the expectations for those moving forward.   We are in our cycle for most SU’s where current plans will expire on June 30, 2015. 



In July of the past year, USAC/FCC put in some significant changes to the E-rate program.  You will recall that E-rate required technology plans for any application that was seeking Priority 2 funding.    At the State level we have had in place a requirement as well that schools, (or in the case of our last plan cycle, SU’s, submit a technology plan for a three year period).   For this new set of rules under the Modernization or 2.0, USAC has moved to not require technology plans.  


We continue at the State level to desire to require “technology plans” in some form at the SU level.  It provides some accountability for schools and districts and it helps in many ways with describing the objectives of schools in the development of a continuous learning-with-technology focus.   Moving forward we would like to focus to be on “digital learning” to support student achievement.  


Where we are struggling with making a change is in how these “technology plans” are developed and submitted.  There has been some discussion at the AOE about how these plans could be incorporated into another tool or plan that is already crafted by schools or districts.  This makes much more practical sense in that it moves the “technology plan” under a  more integrated approach to overall learning goals.    The conversation continues and I welcome input from the field on this topic. 


All of that said...


Suffice that at this particular time and with schools working diligently to implement SBAC this Spring, I am moving to “approve” the current technology plan documents that were submitted in 2012 for an additional year, taking those out to June 30, of 2016.   There is work afoot to create guidance work around the EQS materials for technology and through that work we may find a mechanism to create a more integrated structure for planning around digital learning instead of just developing technology plans in an isolated fashion. 


Please contact me if you have questions or post to this list or off-list with your suggestions for ways to incorporate this planning into other regularly requested annual or otherwise scheduled reports.






Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Education

Transformation and Innovation Division

219 N. Main St. Suite 402,

Barre VT 05641

Ph.: 802.479.1169

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